That was the question we heard for a month, 4 years ago this spring. When we bought this house in 2003, the most unsatisfying thing about it was the kitchen.
So, in 2007, Timmy and I ventured to IKEA and designed my ‘dream kitchen’….Dream in the way that a small budget allows you to dream, and the lack of additional space and all that, you understand, right?? (Go to THIS LINK to see the before-during-after images.)
Since we did this only 3.75 years ago, I don’t expect my kitchen to be as hard as it might have been. That’s not the same as it will be for everyone else. I understand. I feel for ya. Really, I do. Don’t be hating. (If it makes you feel better, the spring before last, I Flung my mother-in-laws kitchen for her. She lived there for over 20 years. Ok, better? )
I haven’t gotten much done this week; battling that “I almost feel like I am about to come down with something” blahs that don’t turn into anything, but still somehow sap energy beyond staring at the computer screen after work. Yay, January.
My kitchen drawers are done. I didn’t (couldn’t) fling a few of the obscure implements that you KNOW you will need the month after you fling them, even though you hadn’t even realized you still owned them…. However, the drawers are not over-whelmed. They are neat, they are visually clear enough to find things without injury.
With that under your belt,the next category of Flinging is–
Dishware/cookware. One full set of dishes, to serve the number above. Or two coordinating sets, one in your ‘out of the way’ storage. ONE holiday set, but ONLY if you are the host of said holiday most years, AND use USE them then!
Do you have china in your china cabinet and still serve guests on paper plates for a holiday? Who will be worthy of using it, if not them? When will be a special enough time, if not then? (I have visions of my grandmother coming after me if I were to serve Christmas dinner on paper plates.)
And I recall this one Easter, after all of us stuffed ourselves and the women decided to take a long walk, to allow food to settle (to allow room for dessert.) We came back in and found Daddy Gus standing at the sink, the COLD water running over the sides of the porcelain onto the floor while he ‘washed’ our dishes for us, sans soap. Good memories!
Here, we use my entire cabinet of mis-matched but ‘real’ plates, glasses etc, whenever I have company over. I don’t even have a dishwasher. (No, not even after the dream kitchen.) However, paper plates and cups etc, are in a cabinet and when we have a BBQ, I use them. (No offense meant to my in-laws, btw…)
This is what came out of the cabinet this morning. We are a COUPLE. Two people live here. ONE drinks coffee. This may be a bit more difficult!! I had already culled the mugs down to the ones that I “loved” last time.
Glassware /mugs. Wine glasses, soda glasses, juice glasses… What do you use? How many people live in your house? Three glasses per person seems reasonable. Maybe 4?
A friend of a friend once went on a minimalist kick. One complete place setting per person in the house, and that was IT. (Ouch. Extreme. But the sink was probably always clean.)
Is your kitchen stocked for your potential life, not the life you are living currently? If so there are two choices, either change your life (entertain more? bake more? etc…) or accept you are NOT Julia Child, or the Hostess with the Mostess…